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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yol is in trouble after being caught making derogatory remarks about the United States over an open microphone.
Mr Yoon, a political novice who took office on May 5, is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and on Wednesday interacted with US President Joe Biden during a photo opportunity at the Global Fund, where the US president donated US$6. Billion promised. ($9 billion).

“How can Biden not lose the damn if these f***ers don’t pass it in Congress?” Mr Yoon was later caught speaking to his colleagues in footage that went viral in South Korea.

A YouTube video of Mr. Yoon’s comments garnered more than two million views just hours after they were posted, and “f***ers” became the number one trending topic on Twitter in South Korea on Thursday.
“The President’s words and actions are the nation’s national dignity,” wrote one YouTube commenter.
Mr Yoon’s crude comments refer to Mr Biden’s campaign to increase US funding to the Global Fund, which would require Congressional approval.
The Global Fund is focused on fighting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

The US is a major security ally of South Korea, with Washington deploying about 27,000 troops to the country to help counter nuclear-armed North Korea.

The former prosecutor, Mr Yoon, has made what analysts have described as a string of unforced errors during his first months in office, which is usually a honeymoon period for new presidents in South Korea.
At one point, his approval rating fell to 24 percent, although it has since risen to 32 percent.
His predecessor, Mr. Moon Jae-in, had an approval rating of about 70 percent during his tenure at the same level as polling data shows, and Mr. Yoon began working with 52 percent of the people, thinking that he is doing a good job.

The crude comments come just days after Mr Yoon’s office was forced to defend its decision to leave honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin lying in state, reportedly due to “heavy traffic”.

In August, she was also criticized for a chaotic official response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to South Korea, where she landed after a controversial halt in Taiwan.
Mr Yoon’s critics were quick to capture his latest alleged gaffe. Park Hong-kyun, floor leader of the opposition Democratic Party, said Mr. Yoon’s “hate speech that tarnished the US Congress caused a major diplomatic mishap.”

Mr Yoon’s office told AFP it had no comment on the incident.


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